UMW Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society Welcomes New Inductees for 2024

As part of the Kemp Symposium on Friday, April 26, Department of English and Linguistics and Sigma Tau Delta sponsor Professor Gary Richards recently inducted new members into the Sigma Tau Delta honor society, the most prominent national literary honor society that recognizes students’ achievements in literary studies The new inductees are: Zeb L. Armstrong William R. Butler Haley Chamer Genevieve Leigh Chidlow Allyson G. Hamilton Nicole S. Hornbuckle Isabella Lucia Justiniano Elizabeth Killian Julia S. Nassau Riley Kamath Prater Tabitha A. Robinson Emily N. Rooksby Sophia M. Sirks Melissa J. White Membership in the Sigma Tau Delta honor society requires members to be a major in English or English: Creative Writing with at least twelve credit hours in literature with a major GPA of at least 3.5 and an overall GPA of at least 3.0. Professor Antonio Barrenechea gave this year's Taddesse Adera Memorial Address, "Why Literature … [Read more...]

Pellis ’22 Accepted to Dartmouth Graduate Program in Creative Writing

Congratulations to Cosmy Pellis '22 for receiving an acceptance to the graduate program in creative writing at Dartmouth. While at UMW, Pellis was a staff writer and associate editor with The Weekly Ringer, was part of the Honors program, and completed an individual study, among other activities. … [Read more...]

Richards Presents, Leads Discussion at Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival

Gary Richards recently attended the 38th annual Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival where, on March 22, he was one of four panelists on “A Truman Capote Reading and Discussion,” organized to mark the writer’s centennial. Other panelists were actor Brenda Currin, socialite Anna Christina “Tina” Radziwill, and novelist Colm Toíbín. On March 23, Richards also led the festival’s breakfast reading group, which explored the short stories of Eudora Welty, including “Lily Daw and the Three Ladies,” “Why I Live at the P.O.,” “A Curtain of Green,” “Powerhouse,” “Moon Lake,” and “No Place You, My Love.” He has led this event since 2007. … [Read more...]

Lorentzen Publishes Article on UMW ENGL 251TT: Dickens, Disney, and Popular Culture Course

Eric G. Lorentzen, Professor of English, published "A Wisdom of the Head and a Wisdom of the Heart: Dickens, Disney, and Popular Culture" in the recent "Dickens and His Publics" special issue of Dickens Quarterly.  The article examines the two sections of the Fall 2022 course that Lorentzen taught for the first time at UMW, English 251TT: Dickens, Disney, and Popular Culture, and the cultural studies methodologies that allowed his classes to connect with the ongoing influence that the author has in the twenty-first century, particularly with regard to social justice. Lorentzen argues that only by recognizing that Dickens’s novels not only teach us a great deal about Victorian England, but also about our lives in the here and now, can we remain vibrantly one of Dickens’s “publics.”  We must transcend the usual “wisdom of the head,” the traditional academic study of his novels, and connect with the “wisdom of the heart” as well, the meaningful student-centered ways that his texts … [Read more...]

Levin Essay on Pragmatism to Appear in The Cambridge History of the American Essay

Jonathan Levin is pleased to share that his essay “American Pragmatism: An Essayistic Conception of Truth” appears in The Cambridge History of the American Essay, edited by Christy Wampole and Jason Childs (Cambridge UP, 2024). The essay looks at essays by American pragmatists and literary figures influenced by pragmatism as well as at the relationship between what William James described as the “pragmatist conception of truth” and the prevailing temper of the essay, from Montaigne to the present … [Read more...]

Fallon Presents Linguistic Poster and Talk

Associate Professor of Linguistics Paul D. Fallon recently presented a poster, "Where do Central Cushitic Ejectives Come From?" at the Centennial Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Jan. 4-7, New York City, NY. He also gave a talk to the LSA sister society the North American Association of the History of Language Science on "The undead nature of the term 'Hamito-Semitic'" … [Read more...]

Barrenechea Presents on Panel at Modern Language Association (MLA)

Antonio Barrenechea, Professor of English, was a participant in "Mapping the Maximalist Novel: A Roundtable" at the annual convention of the Modern Language Association (MLA), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 4-7, 2024. … [Read more...]

Mathur Publishes Book Chapter

Professor of English Maya Mathur recently published a book chapter “Intersectionality, Inclusion and the Shakespeare Survey Course” in Inclusive Shakespeares: Identity, Pedagogy, Performance, edited by Sonia Freeman Loftis, Mardy Philippian, and Justin P. Shaw (Palgrave Macmillan, 2023). … [Read more...]

Haffey to Serve on Journal Editorial Board

Associate Professor of English Kate Haffey was recently invited to serve a three-year term on the editorial board for the journal WSQ (Women's Studies Quarterly). The journal focuses on the interdisciplinary field of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and has been in publication since 1972. … [Read more...]

Alum Kaitie Goodwin ’18/’19 Working on MA and as Editorial Assistant

Kaitie Goodwin, Bachelor of Arts in English '18 and Master of Education '19, is finishing her Master of Arts in English at James Madison University in 2024 and is the editorial assistant for English Education. … [Read more...]